Top Grasses for Birds and Using Ferns to create habitats

Top Grasses for Birds and Using Ferns to create habitats

Grasses 

Ornamental grasses have become a backbone for use in mixed borders, prairie planting and as architectural plants.  Grasses are invaluable to birds in the autumn proving seeds for food and nesting material.  Many grasses look stunning when left all winter and cut back in the spring, this also has the added benefit of leaving all the necessary attributes for the birds too. 

Listed below are some of the ornamental grasses that we regularly hold in stock and that are excellent for birds in the garden. 

Festuca glauca – all varieties, Deschampsia cespitosa, Miscanthus sinensis – all varieties, Molinia caerulea, Panicum virgatum, Stipa arundinacea / Anemanthele lessoniana and Stipa tenuissima.

            

Deschampsia            Miscanthus               Panicum

Ferns

While we have focused on plants that provide nectar and berries we should mention Ferns which are an excellent choice for creating habitats for wildlife.  Ferns provide structure, shelter and areas for foraging for birds and small mammals. 

A fantastic range of ferns can be found in our shade glasshouse at the moment.  With the new foliage emerging at the moment there are some real corkers in there showing off some spring colour.   Below are listed some of the most popular Ferns we stock that are perfect for creating habitats for wildlife to enjoy. 

Asplenium – all types, Athyrium filix-femina, Blechnum spicant,   Dryopteris affinis, Dryopteris erythrosora,  Dryopteris filix-mas, Polystichum setiferum and  Polypodium vulgare.  

            

Asplenium                Blechnum               Polystichum